ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – WSLS 10’s Home for the Holidays build continues. The station has gotten some questions about how people are selected for a Habitat for Humanity home.
Habitat accepts up to eight families twice a year. They don’t like to select more families than they have the possibility of building homes for. To be accepted you cannot have a large amount of debt, you have to work at least 20 hours a month for Habitat, and you have to have a savings account balance of at least $200 a month.
The board directors makes the decision based on need.
The families go through an orientation process and then have to take a series of 12 classes ranging from how to be a better neighbor, to how to make a budget.
“We tell the families it’s almost like taking on another part-time job because of the commitment were asking them to make and with the romance of having your own home first happens, ‘I can do that, I can do that’ but we want to be there to urge them along when things get a little difficult because it is a comprehensive program,” said Kathy Killian, the co-chair of the Habitat Family Services Committee who helps families with the process. “When they first apply we go over so many things at one time there’s no way you can remember them all. We are assigned a family and it’s our job to meet with that family and answer their questions talk with, be there to talk with them how are you doing, are you getting your required sweat equity hours in, do you have questions, do you like the work you’re doing?”
If you are interested in learning more there is an informational class on the first Saturday of each month at the habitat offices. It is free and open to anyone.
For more information visit the Habitat for Humanity website.